How to Get Rid of Age Spots

Age Spot Treatments

Age spots are really nothing more than a nuisance -- they won't hurt you. However, if you don't like they way they look, there are several ways to banish them from your skin. If you decide you want to get rid of them, you should consult a dermatologist to find out what treatment is best for you. Money might play a factor -- one of the procedures tends to be much more expensive than the others.

One of the most common treatments to fade age spots is a chemical peel. It uses acid to remove the top layer of your skin and allow newer, healthier skin to take its place. It may take several chemical peels before your age spot disappears, but it can be effective. A similar treatment that works is dermabrasion, which removes the top layer of skin with a rapidly rotating brush. Think of it like sandpaper for your face. The side effects associated with both of these treatments are scabbing and redness -- but many people think that's a small price to pay for blemish-free skin.

From here the treatments get a little more complicated. Another way to get rid of age spots is to cover them with liquid nitrogen and freeze them. This destroys the pigment that turns your skin darker -- when your skin heals, it should be lighter. The only downside is the possibility of permanent scarring or discoloration of the skin, and isn't that the reason you were getting the treatment in the first place?

The final option has the fewest side effects, but it's also a lot more expensive than the others. A laser can actually remove age spots by destroying the cells that produce the pigment. This treatment shouldn't hurt your skin, but you'll need several treatments and the results aren't immediate. Sometimes it'll take months for an age spot to disappear.

If you don't like the sound of any of these treatments, keep reading to find out what home remedies are available.